By Karen Armstrong
A nuanced exploration of the half that faith performs in human lifestyles, drawing at the insights of the previous for you to construct a religion that speaks to the wishes of our dangerously polarized age.
Moving from the Paleolithic age to the current, Karen Armstrong information the good lengths to which humankind has long gone for you to event a sacred truth that it referred to as through many names, equivalent to God, Brahman, Nirvana, Allah, or Dao. Focusing in particular on Christianity yet together with Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and chinese language spiritualities, Armstrong examines the decreased impulse towards faith in our personal time, whilst an important variety of humans both wish not anything to do with God or query the efficacy of religion. Why has God develop into incredible? Why is it that atheists and theists alike now imagine and talk about God in a manner that veers so profoundly from the contemplating our ancestors?
Answering those questions with an identical intensity of information and profound perception that experience marked all her acclaimed books, Armstrong makes transparent how the altering face of the realm has unavoidably replaced the significance of faith at either the societal and the person level. but she cautions us that faith was once by no means presupposed to supply solutions that lie in the competence of human cause; that, she says, is the position of logos. the duty of faith is “to support us dwell creatively, peacefully, or even joyously with realities for which there are not any effortless explanations.” She emphasizes, too, that faith won't paintings instantly. it's, she says, a realistic self-discipline: its insights are derived no longer from summary hypothesis yet from “dedicated highbrow pastime” and a “compassionate way of life that allows us to wreck out of the prism of selfhood.”